About the IFC

The Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) is a forum of central bank economists and statisticians, as well as others who want to participate in discussing statistical issues of interest to central banks. The IFC is established and governed by the international central banking community and operates under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). It is associated with the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and is a member of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)

Rashad Cassim, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is the Chair of the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC). He is appointed for a three-year period, starting on 12 September 2019. Mr Cassim has been heading the Economic Research and Statistics Department of the SARB since 2011 and is a member of both the Financial Stability Committee and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank. His CV is available here.

As part of its mission to serve as a forum for central banks on statistical issues, the IFC is gathering statistical initiatives developed in response to the global Covid-19 outbreak.

Recent activities and publications

9 May 2022: the BIS All Governors' meeting approved the appointment of Pablo Garcia (First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Chile, biography) as Chair of the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) for a three-year period, starting on 12 September 2022, the end of the term of the current IFC Chair, Rashad Cassim.

February 2022: IFC Working Paper no 21 on Big data in Asian central banks.

January 2022: Launch of the online course (Launch webinar agenda) on macroeconomic financial accounts sponsored by the BIS/IFC, the ECB and the Bank of Italy and developed by the OECD/Sapienza University of Rome with the US-based massive open online course (MOOC) provider, Coursera.

January 2022: The BIS All Governors' meeting approved the publication of the 2021 IFC Annual Report.

January 2022: The 11th Biennial IFC Conference on Post-pandemic landscape for central bank statistics is scheduled to take place at the BIS in Basel on 25-26 August 2022.

December 2021: IFC Report no 14 on Sustainable finance data for central banks

November 2021: IFC Bulletin No 55 on new developments in central bank statistics around the world on the proceedings of selected IFC-sponsored sessions at the 63rd World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

July 2021: IFC Bulletin No 54 on Issues in Data Governance on the proceedings of the ISI IFC High Level Meeting on Data Governance "Building a Strong Community of Innovative and Forward Looking Leaders in Official Statistics", co-organised with the International Statistical Institute, the African Union Commission and the National Institute of Statistics Tunisia, in Tunis, Tunisia, on 22 November 2019.

April 2021: IFC Bulletin No 53 on Micro data for the macro world on the proceedings of the IFC Satellite Seminar on "Post-crisis data landscape: micro data for the macro world", co-organised with the Central Bank of Malaysia and the European Central Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 August 2019.


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